I’m sure there isn’t a day that goes by that you don’t see some reference to Probiotics – yogurt ads on tv, Probiotic ads in every magazine! It probably makes you wonder if everyone needs a probiotic and whether you should be taking one. Then, the mind-boggling task of choosing one comes next. Let us help sort it all out for you.
First, let’s describe Probiotics and Prebiotics. PRObiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health. We usually think of bacteria as “germs” that cause disease, but your body is full of good bacteria too. Probiotics are often called “good” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy. A PREbiotic is a specialized plant fiber that beneficially nourishes the good bacteria in our intestines. While PRObiotics introduce good bacteria into the gut, PREbiotics act as fertilizer.
There are different probiotics and they’re each used in specific situations and for specific reasons. One of those reasons is to regenerate gut bacteria after it’s been depleted by antibiotics. Antibiotics work by attacking all the bacteria in your body, including the healthy gut bacteria. While being on them may cure your illness, it can cause problems (yeast infections and diarrhea) if too many of the gut bacteria are depleted in the process.
Gut bacteria is important to maintain proper digestion. A growing body of research shows that benefits of using a daily probiotic for people with various GI and Intestinal Disorders (Crohn’s, IBD, etc).
Believe it or not, your gut health shows up in your skin. When the bacteria in your gut are depleted or imbalanced, you may be more prone to skin rashes. Daily use of the right probiotic corrects the bacteria in your gut and in the process rebalances your skin.
In addition to improving skin and restoring gut bacteria depleted by antibiotics, daily use of probiotics can also improve general gut health and digestion as well as prop up your immune system. This can be particularly beneficial for people with auto-immune disorders or lowered immune systems.
In addition to being a naturally occurring substance in the body, probiotics may need to be taken with other supplements to provide them the proper food to do their jobs – just like yeast needs sugar in order to make bread rise. Most often, these are soluble fiber known as Prebiotics
As with any changes to supplements or medications; check with your doctor before starting a daily probiotic regimen.
The Compounding Center offers 20% off all our in-stock Probiotics. Come visit us today in the Virginia Village Shopping Center in Leesburg, Va, and let our pharmacists help you choose the probiotic that’s best for you.